Sometimes I find myself rating a book higher than I would on hindsight simply because all the author's other books have been so wonderful. This is proSometimes I find myself rating a book higher than I would on hindsight simply because all the author's other books have been so wonderful. This is probably the case here. Also, LaVyrle Spencer can sure write in a way that tugs at my heartstrings. I have recently been re-reading some of my older books and when I came across this one I felt no desire to re-read it. What does that say? That it was too bittersweet for me? Probably. I remember I kept rooting for the h&h and that when the HEA came I still had an ache in my heart. Now that I am older I can appreciate Lady Danielle “The Book Huntress” comment, ‘I just wanted to shake them.’ Yes! ...more
What is a Contemporary Romance doing on my Favorite’s shelf when it is mostly filled with Historicals? One word: Walker. I fell in love with this stroWhat is a Contemporary Romance doing on my Favorite’s shelf when it is mostly filled with Historicals? One word: Walker. I fell in love with this strong, quiet Marine. Susan Mallery wrote him to perfection: a lone wolf searching with tenacity for meaning in a cruel world. His backstory broke my heart, yet was not too melodramatic – and a probable response for a 17 - 18 year-old guy. The whole book was very down to earth and realistic, especially the dialogues. Elissa was a believable character making concerted strides forward in her life; I could understand her wariness and not wanting to be indebted to anyone. I liked her relationship with her adorable five-year old daughter Zoë and their cooking efforts. It was a fast read, seemed to flow, and I could see Walker and Elissa fall in love as the pages turned. But then, I’m a sucker for a couple that tries to remain ‘just friends’ while fighting their attraction and SM writes it well. My only complaint is I would have like more of these three characters in the rest of the Buchanan series, though they do pop up.
Side story: The whole flat tire episode in the opening sequence worked for me. Funny that I got one soon after reading this book. I was working Nights (I’m an ICU nurse) – a time when tire stores are closed. My husband - a very busy man, who considers time as money, however has always been concerned about my safety - didn’t tell me when he went to go to work in the morning, he just drove to the store and bought all four new top-of-the-line tires while I was sleeping and had them put on. People in my unit were talking about romantic things their spouses did and I mentioned this and received a lot of flak about it, most of which was that it didn’t fit the criteria. Months later one of the flak-throwers went out to the garage to go to work and found a note from their husband on the steering wheel: ‘Your left front tire is flat.’ Not having AAA, and needing to get to her shift on time, the hospital had to pay for a taxi to drive her to work; she told me when she arrived that she’d changed her opinion. :o) ...more
Tied for my favorite of JS's work. For a murder mystery with romance and humor I liked this story. The heroine decides to go on her honeymoon alone afTied for my favorite of JS's work. For a murder mystery with romance and humor I liked this story. The heroine decides to go on her honeymoon alone after she is left at the altar.
Some people said her accidently picking up the complimentary honeymoon suite lighted vibrator instead of the flashlight when the lights go out (of course the lights go out! This is a "secluded-lodge-in-the-woods" kinda mystery) was not funny, but I was FOFLMAO. Plus, the hero is a sexy cop. :o) What book does it tie with as my favorite by JS? Aussie Rules!! ....more
I am a re-reader. I even have a bookshelf at GR that I call my ‘re-read-for-comfort' shelf of books that have to be read more than twice to be placedI am a re-reader. I even have a bookshelf at GR that I call my ‘re-read-for-comfort' shelf of books that have to be read more than twice to be placed there. And I mean comfort in many ways. Sometimes a new book, after crossing one of my romance “don’ts”, will actually leave me with a bitter aftertaste and I will reach for a book with characters I can depend on to give me what I want. I am definitely a mood reader, so some people might be surprised by what is on there. Even a few paranormal reads for this die-hard "historical romance with a HEA" reader. In truth, some have broken my “romance books don’ts”, but the authors have done it so well I have to read it again.
But Heiress for Hire doesn’t have any romance “don’ts” in it. It is just pure enjoyment. Oh, well, there is a kid in the story; however, that is not one of my “don’ts”. Our Hero, Danny Tucker, discovers he has an unknown-to-him eight-year old daughter by the name of Piper. Our Heroine, Amanda Delmar, has recently had her funds cut off by her father while she is stuck in Cuttersville, Ohio, visiting Boston - a friend from the first book in the series, A Date with the Other Side (which you don’t have to read to enjoy this book). Boston is now married to Danny’s ex-wife (who he is still friends with), Shelby.
Yes, Amanda is spoiled, but she was raised that way. Plus, she has a little dog named Baby, who she risks her outfit and skin for, so she can’t be all bad. She definitely grows up in this book; first, by Danny helping her find a job (at which she fails) and then by babysitting Piper, who she instantly connects with; all teaching her more than just the value of a dollar.
There are so many wonderful scenes, most with Piper and Danny, but enough with Danny alone. Danny thinks he’s a big, dull, boring farmer. Amanda thinks without her breast implants (which she recently had removed) and money, she has nothing with which to attract and hold a man. Some dialogue makes me laugh out loud. When Amanda tangles with Danny’s mom, it brings a smile to my lips; yet I empathize with Willie’s desire and frustration in wanting to get close to her grand-daughter. When Piper reveals her hair to Amanda, after they've play Barbie’s, it makes my throat close up no matter how many times I read it.
Yes, I definitely notice more details and character nuance each time I re-read this book. I also notice the writer’s style and enjoy it more. Sometimes I just gobbled down a book too fast and need to re-read it. Other times I need something I can re-read fast because I have other things on my mind and it’s light and breezy and doesn’t require much concentration. In other situations I want total escapism. I did this recently when I stayed at the hospital all day while a friend had an unpleasant procedure done and I didn’t want to cry.
This is a cute, light, fluffy story.
But, if you’re a lover of contemporary romance, it’s definitely worth at least one read by you.